Google SafeSearch stuck on 'locked on' (won't disable) for some users

SafeSearch is a Google Search feature designed to offer safe browsing to the whole family. It blocks certain types of inappropriate or potentially offensive results.

However, some users are having issues with the function. Multiple reports indicate that SafeSearch is stuck on ‘locked on’ for them, and cannot be disabled.

Google SafeSearch activated by itself, stuck on ‘locked on’ for some

According to various reports, SafeSearch activated by itself on the accounts of some users. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

This issue has reportedly occurred with users who are of legal age, and who do not have any type of parental control system activated in their accounts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).

Hello, this week i discovered that my google account was using safe search and when i tried to turn it off it says that it is locked. i dont have any parental control and my home network has nothing to do with it. i tried my other google account it says that it also locked aswell. i tried looking for solutions everywhere but it seems that im out of options. i need help to turn it off because i dont barely get any results when i search for stuff.

SafeSearch reportedly cannot be disabled in any way

Affected users claim that they cannot find any way to disable SafeSearch. They report that, when they try to turn off the filter, they just get a message saying they don’t have permission to do it.

My safe search setting has be locked on to my google account with no where to chose to turn it off saying i don’t have permission despite being my computers admin. also mentions locked by device or network which cant be true since i hae gone through settings of both, and neither have this setting locked on

The message saying that they do not have permission to deactivate SafeSearch appears even when they are the administrator of the computer, and their Google account doesn’t have any parental controls activated.

This situation is problematic for affected users. After all, the filter blocks many results, so the searches are very limited.

SafeSearch is also blocking YouTube comments from those affected by the problem:


It is not yet known if Google is aware

At the moment, Google has not officially declared anything about this problem. Nor has it been confirmed that it has been escalated to developers.

In the coming days, if there is any new development in this regard, we will update this article. So, stay tuned with us.

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